Where Virtual Reality Takes Us
By Gabo Arora and Chris Milk
In 2014, throughout the United States, the fear of Ebola was everywhere, magnified by constant media coverage and the vague promise that no one was immune. But we were mostly thinking of ourselves, not those who were actually dying on faraway soil.
In Liberia, Ebola was real, killing people by the thousands. But no matter how much information our round-the-clock news coverage provided, nothing on TV could convey the sensation of being there and experiencing the crisis. So we decided to create “Waves of Grace.”
Whereas traditional media conveys information — often stoking fear and sensationalism in the process — V.R. can convey connection and empathy for our fellow human beings.